As an old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It appears that studio executives have never heard that because they’re remaking movies that are already perfect. Other times, they’re creating sequels for movies nobody saw the first time. There was a time when filmmakers and studios were very reluctant to do sequels, remakes, and reboots. Most assumed that a sequel or remake could never be better than the original. However, films like The Godfather Part II and Aliens proved the exception. Over time, it’s become very common for films to have multiple sequels and, in some cases, multiple remakes. In fact, the majority of films today are sequels, remakes, and entire reboots. It’s rare nowadays to find completely original material.
Often, fans of a certain trilogy or franchise are actually against the idea of more movies. Some films are so beloved and ended in such a perfect way that continuing the series would just hurt it. In a lot of cases, it seems impossible to make a better film than the original. However, studios are even remaking films that didn’t do so well the first time around. If it has any kind of appeal or fanbase, it’ll likely be made into the next summer blockbuster or Christmas classic. However, in some cases, it seems unnecessary to do a sequel or reboot. Here is a look at 15 Reboots and Sequels NOBODY Asked For.
15 Cliffhanger 2
Sometimes, fans are against a sequel or remake because they love the original. Other times, they’re against it because the original wasn’t that great to begin with. Cliffhanger followed a mountain climber who gets tangled up in the heist of a U.S. Treasury Plane. It starred Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow and was released on May 28, 1993. It was met with mixed reviews for its visual effects and rock climbing being heavily criticized. It was nominated for 4 Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture. Despite the poor performance, a sequel was discussed immediately. In 1994, there was talk of doing Cliffhanger 2: The Dam, which would see Stallone battling villains at Hoover Dam. Those plans were eventually dropped and in 2009, work on a remake began. However, those plans seem to have fallen apart once Stallone expressed interest in finally making a sequel. However, there isn’t a major demand for a sequel or remake from audiences.
14 Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Remake
Some remakes often struggle because they have to live up to classic films that are still popular today. The Disney classic Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a beloved childhood movie for many fans. It was released on June 23, 1989 and starred Rick Moranis. It was a surprise hit and was well-received by critics. It was a major success at the box office and was followed up by two sequels—Honey, I Blew Up The Kid and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. Neither sequel reached the same level as the first film. From 1997 to 2000, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids television series aired. It’s a beloved classic family film. For years, there have been rumors of a possible sequel. However, Rick Moranis is not interested in a sequel or with acting in general. With a sequel being unlikely, talk has shifted to a potential remake. However, it seems impossible to make a film that can be better than the first one.
13 Waterworld Television Series
Initially, studios were eager to remake critically-acclaimed and high-grossing films. However, now, they’re remaking pretty much everything. Waterworld is one of the most notorious flops in movie history. Despite that, there has been a talk of doing a remake. Waterworld was released July 28, 1995 and starred Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper. The film was a major disappointment at the box office and was criticized for its acting. At the time, it was called “the most expensive film ever made” but failed to make its money back. The film wasn’t a success but that won’t stop studios from doing a remake. For several years, there’s been speculation that a remake was in the works. At one point, there was talk of doing a film but that was later changed. In 2010, it was announced that a Waterworld TV series was potentially set to debut. However, the series has since been stalled and stuck in developmental hell.
12 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
Some childhood movies are so adored that fans cringe at the idea of doing a sequel that could ultimately ruin their memories. Jumanji was released on December 15, 1995 and starred Robin Williams. It was met with some mixed reviews from critics but did well at the box office. At the time, it was a big hit for children and families. In 2012, speculation first surfaced that a sequel was in development. In 2015, Sony officially announced the sequel for a 2016 release, although it was met with criticism. Most people felt that it was inappropriate and rather too soon to release the sequel after Robin Williams’ tragic death. The sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, will star Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas. It’s currently scheduled to be released on December 20, 2017. Fans reacted negatively to the announcement of the sequel, and critics called it “unnecessary and kind of insulting.”
11 Fast And Furious 9 And 10
The Fast and Furious series is one of the highest grossing franchises. The series has received mixed reviews but does very well at the box office. It stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez. It contains 8 films in the series with the first one being The Fast and the Furious released in 2001. The most recent film, Fate of the Furious, was released in 2017. It appears that the films in this series will never stop. At one point, it appeared as though the series might end due to the death of Paul Walker. However, the producers decided to retire the character and continue the series. It’s already announced that Fast and Furious 9 and 10 will be released in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Additionally, there is talk of doing a spin-off revolving around Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Even though nobody is asking for it, more Fast and Furious sequels are already on the way.
10 Indiana Jones 5
The Indiana Jones franchise revolves around the fearless and witty archaeologist, Indiana Jones. The first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released on June 12, 1981 to universal critical acclaim. It’s regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Each film in the series did very well at the box office with the second getting the most criticism of the first three. Steven Spielberg directed the movie with Harrison Ford starring as Indiana. For years, there was a great demand for a fourth Indiana Jones film, which finally came in 2008—The Kingdom of Crystal Skull. However, most fans immediately regretted their decision after seeing the film. It was heavily criticized, and many hoped that the series would simply go away. Recently, news broke that a fifth Indiana Jones film is currently in development. Both Spielberg and Ford will return with hopes that they can make up for the fourth film.
9 American Psycho Television Series
American Psycho was released on April 14, 2000 and starred Christian Bale. Upon its release, the film received a very divided response with some critics loving the film and others reacting negatively. Over time, the film has become one of the most popular black comedy-horror films. The film revolved around Patrick Batemen who may or may not be a serial killer. It never explicitly states if he’s a killer or if it’s happening in his head, and the ending is equally as ambiguous. Most fans feel that the story is already complete and can’t go any further. Of course, studios feel differently about that. In 2002, a direct-to-video sequel, American Psycho 2, starring Mila Kunis, was released. It flopped. Despite that, another sequel was in the works, although most fans would prefer the film to be left alone. Instead, a sequel TV series is being developed, which will follow an older Patrick Batemen mentoring a new killer.
8 Die Hard: Year One
It really is impossible to kill John McClane but even harder to put the Die Hard franchise out of its misery. The Die Hard series revolves around New York detective John McClane. The first film, Die Hard, was a massive success and helped elevate Bruce Willis to movie star status. It was released on July 15, 1988 to rave reviews. It’s widely considered as one of the best action movies. The rest of the films had varying levels of success. The most recent films have failed to equal the original. Sometimes, it’s best to let certain films disappear. However, the films have all grossed a ton of money, so more sequels are set to come. The next film, Die Hard: Year One, will be both a prequel and sequel as it switches between the past and present. There hasn’t been any great demand to see John McClane return but he just doesn’t die easily. He dies hard.
7 Gremlins 3
Gremlins is an immensely popular comedy-horror film which, for some fans, was already tarnished by a disappointing sequel. Fans are reluctant that a third film can undo the damage. Chris Columbus wrote Gremlins, and it was released on June 8, 1984. It starred Zach Galligan and Howie Mandel (as Gizmo). It was a critical and commercial success and was followed up by a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, in 1990. The first film was a huge success and is still a popular horror film. However, the sequel was a failure and left a bad impression on its fans. In 2013, rumors surfaced that a third film was in the works. There was talk of doing a reboot. However, in 2015, it was confirmed that it would be a sequel. In 2016, writer Chris Columbus was confirmed to be involved and is eager to make up for the disappointing sequel, Gremlins 2.
6 Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise recently said, “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines.” According to some fans, there is no need for speed. Tony Scott directed Top Gun, and it starred Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, and Val Kilmer. It was initially released on May 16, 1986 with mixed reviews but soon became a massive hit. It was one of the highest-grossing films of 1986. It’s considered one of the best movies of the ‘80s. It’s an iconic film, and some fans don’t want to see it tarnished. In 2010, talk began of a potential sequel, Top Gun 2. However, the project stalled due to the death of Tony Scott. In 2014, work on the screenplay officially began with Tom Cruise confirmed to return. In 2017, Cruise confirmed that the sequel was coming soon and announced the title, Top Gun: Maverick. Val Kilmer has also expressed interest in returning.
5 It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest Of The Story
There are two things that are a guarantee during the Christmas season—shopping malls are in complete chaos and It’s a Wonderful Life will air several times. The Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. It starred James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Henry Travers. It was released on December 20, 1946 and was initially considered a disappointment but is now critically acclaimed. In 2015, news broke that a possible sequel, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, was in development. The plot would revolve around the angel of George Bailey’s daughter, Zuzu Bailey, teaching Bailey’s grandson how the world would be if he were never born. Producers planned to shoot the film on a budget of roughly $35 million in Louisiana. However, Paramount still owns the rights to the film and prevented producers from moving forward. Since then, a sequel seems unlikely. It truly is a wonderful life.
4 Overboard Remake
Overboard revolved around a spoiled heiress that suffers from amnesia and is convinced by a single father that she’s his wife. Garry Marshall directed the film, and it starred Golide Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was released on December 16, 1987 and did fairly good at the box office but wasn’t a smash hit. It has since become a cult classic. But upon its initial release, it received mixed reviews. In March of 2017, it was announced that a remake is currently in the works. It’ll star Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, and Eva Longoria. The plot will differ from the original and will instead revolve around a spoiled playboy who suffers from amnesia and is convinced by a single mother that he’s her husband. Despite the original gaining cult status, there really wasn’t any huge desire from audiences for a remake. Regardless, the studio has already moved forward with shooting.
3 The Crow Remake
The Crow is a cult classic that has a loyal and faithful fanbase. It can be very difficult to impress these fans with a remake of The Crow. The Crow was released on May 13, 1994 and starred Brandon Lee. It was universally praised for its cinematography and dark plot. The film was notable for the accidental death of Brandon Lee during filming. It was a major success at the box office and is a beloved film to some fans. Several sequels followed it, but all failed to achieve the same level of success. Since 2008, there have been several attempts at a remake. However, the film has stalled for various reasons, including Relativity Media going bankrupt. Several different actors have been attached to star in the remake including Luke Evans, Norman Reedus, Jack Huston, and Jason Momoa. The remake is tentatively titled The Crow Reborn, although there is no director or actor cast.
2 Scarface Remake
Scarface was released on December 9, 1983 and starred Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Steven Bauer. It was a remake of the 1932 film and initially received mixed reviews mainly because of its excessive violence, foul language, and drug use. However, it has since become a classic gangster film. In 2001, a sequel starring rapper Cuban Link, Son of Tony, was in the works but soon got cancelled. In 2011, Universal announced plans to create a new Scarface that would borrow elements from both the 1932 and 1983 films. However, the film ended up stuck in developmental hell for years. In 2016, the studio brought in new writers and directors to helm the project, but that never went anywhere. In 2017, Diego Luna was cast to star in the film. Later in 2017, the Coen Brothers began writing the script with an August 10, 2018 release date. Some fans are eager to see this classic gangster film remade while others want Tony to remain dead.
1 The Matrix Reboot
The Matrix franchise is one of the most beloved film series ever created. It’s regarded as one of the highest grossing franchises. The Wachowskis wrote and directed each film in the popular series. It starred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving. The first film, The Matrix, was released in 1999 and is considered groundbreaking. In March of 2017, Warner Bros. Studio announced plans to re-launch the franchise. At this point, the Wachowskis are not involved in the project. Rumors suggest that Michael B. Jordan is being considered for a role. Writer Zak Penn has been brought in to write the screenplay and has noted that he’d rather write stories set in the universe as opposed to a reboot. There have been talks of doing a prequel film revolving around Morpheus. Keanu Reeves has stated that he’ll only return if the Wachowskis are involved in the re-launch. Several fans reacted negatively to the news and feel that their beloved series should be left alone.